In commemoration for the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s “I Have a Dream” speech in Washington, Politico ran an op-ed penned by Louisiana’s Governor Bobby Jindal (R). Jindal stated that racism is “one of the more tragic features of the human condition.”
“I do believe however, that while racism still rears its ugly head from time to time, America has made significant progress in the half century since Dr. King’s incredible speech,” he wrote. “But not all the news is good. In another respect, we have taken some steps backward.”
Jindal also said that minorities are just clinging to their heritage and place too much emphasis on “separateness”. “We live in the age of hyphenated Americans: Asian-Americans, Italian-Americans, African-Americans, Mexican-Americans, Cuban-Americans, Indian-Americans, and Native Americans, to name just a few.”
“Here’s an idea: How about just ‘Americans?’ That has a nice ring to it, if you ask me. Placing undue emphasis on our ‘separateness’ is a step backward. Bring back the melting pot,” the governor opined.
Racism rears its ugly head from time to time?
Well that’s news to me. Because racism rears its ugly head a lot in this country.
But if you want to praise Jindal for being the first “Indian-American governor”, then he’ll gladly accept his hyphenated status.
In an interview, NBC host David Gregory praised Jindal for being “the first Indian-American governor.”
“I want my children to have those same opportunities,” Jindal replied. “This is the greatest country in the history of the world.”
So minorities, stop clinging to your heritage, because according to Jindal, you’re the ones that are actually making racism thrive.